When I heard that Sarah Noffke was releasing another dream traveller novel, it’s safe to say I was right on it aka pleading for a copy. And I was not disappointed. So once again I have to thank her for writing such an amazing story.
It revolves around a new society which is pretty messed up, to say the least. From the start you know everything isn’t fine and dandy like the higher powers portray and I loved how the details were slowly revealed throughout, working to keep you on the edge of your seat. That said, it was fast-paced, and a combination of the two made it an incredibly enjoyable read.
I can’t pick a favourite part; there were simply so many amazing aspects! For instance the characters had plenty of depth, but more than that you immediately care about what happens - the book is quick to build connections between them and the reader. Em is someone I’d want as a friend (for many reasons including being a bad-ass) so long as I’m allowed to steal Rogue away from her… The two are great for each other and their conversations never cease to make me laugh but Rogue… *heartfelt sigh* I want him.
Also I have to mention that Ren’s cameo/crossover made my day?!
In the end, it’s pretty clear that Noffke has a talent for writing books that capture my heart as well as my attention. I’m unbelievably excited to see where this series goes in the next book and in the meantime I’d recommend you pick up Defects.
Em lives in a society of Dream Travelers called Austin Valley. The Reverians, as they call themselves, receive a unique power once they hit puberty. But Em hasn’t. She is a Defect. Or so she thinks.
Rogue was a Defect too. Until learned just what his father, the president of Austin Valley, has been up to. Along with his cohorts, including Em’s father. He faked his death and left the Reverian society. He has come back and Em and their other good friend, Zack, join forces with Rogue to stop what is going on.
If you want a really different, but good read, grab this book! There is a little of everything. Magic, adventure, romance, dystopia, mystery, thrills. It is unlike anything I have read before. Em is your typical teenage girl, all she wants is to be like everyone else and receive her power. Rogue is snarky and fun, with a bit of a bad boy vibe. Zack is reliable and serious. But loyal. Em’s parents are cold and heartless, as is her older sister Dee. I loved Em’s little sister Nona and her grandmother, Tutu.
The storyline is awesome and doesn’t lose pace. It was great to read something with such a unique plot. I can’t wait for the next book!
Em is known as a defect but she is not the only one in her community. There are many more born like her and the numbers are increasing as the days go on. You see Em and the other defects are Dream Travelers who do not Have a special gift. Em believes her family and community are there to protect her and help her until she runs into her best friend who she thought was dead but is far from it and has so much to share with her. Now she is seeing her family and community has betrayed her.
I so enjoyed this book from the though fighting never give up Em to the ever sexy Rouge. I absolutely adored Em’s feisty little sister Nona. Then there is Ren I so love this man. Zack is the perfect best friend I would so like to see him happy and with a good woman. Em dad is the worst along with Rouge’s dad two peas in a pod. Oh and what can I say about Em’s mother I can only hope her secret comes out to everyone soon. Tutu I so enjoyed her and her ghosts every time she came in the picture.
I enjoyed seeing Zack,Em, and Rouge all interacting together and they really make a great team even Nona was a great team player when they needed her. I so loved Nona’s spunk. The names of Rouges horses were the best. There were so many great scenes I cannot pick a favorite.
I cannot wait to see where this journey leads. I hope maybe Dee can change and be the big sister she should be but she may just end up being like her momma. I really hope we get to see more of Ren in the next books too. Great start to what seems to be a wonderful series Sarah Noffke.
A few of my favorites:
“You really aren’t much fun at all, are you?” he says. I squint at him. “I’m loads of fun.” “Yeah, yeah. I’m sure you think so.” I shake my head at him. I’ve never met someone with his audacity.
“Now that’s cool!” Rogue says, giving me an exhausted smile. “If it’s even possible I’m even more attracted to you now. You can do anything you want! Have any power you decide. You’re like the queen of super powers.”
“Gods above, I’d love to kill everyone who’s hurt you.”
“I can’t let you go. If you leave, I’m leaving too. If you stay, I will. Hell, if you march into your father’s house I’ll be right behind you, because I’m absolutely, terrifyingly in love with you.”
“I’ve never ridden a horse before,” I say, looking down at the ground which feels too far away. The horse feels warm under me, and strangely like I’m straddling a tractor. Rogue turns around and gives me a sideways smile. “It’s just like riding a bike.” “How’s that?” I ask, looking down at my feet that hang loosely on either side of the horse. “If you fall off, it hurts like hell.”